Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Managing facultyPharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Abbreviated titleGradCertPharmPracInt
Total credit points required24
Standard duration of study (years)2 years PT
Study mode and locationMulti-modal (Parkville)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Course coordinator

Laura Dean


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • International students residing outside Australia are not eligible to enrol in this course. International students located in Australia will need to seek advice as to which visa is appropriate for part time study and full time work. Please contact the faculty for further information.
  • Part-time study only. This course is normally completed in two years. Students have a maximum of three years to complete.
  • Core units (PGP5011, PGP5012) require students to attend eight days on campus during the internship program. These internship seminars are conducted over two full days, four times during the year. Some elective economic units may require attendance on a Monash campus or affiliated location.


This course provides the opportunity to complete an internship program approved by the Pharmacy Board of Australia and to credit this towards a postgraduate qualification. In addition to the internship program component, students can undertake further study in specific areas of practice by undertaking elective units which cover pharmacy practice, clinical pharmacy, economics and wound care relevant to pharmacy.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be capable of:

  • consolidating and building upon the knowledge, skills, attitudes and experiences gained as an undergraduate
  • applying the knowledge and skills to day-to-day pharmacy practice situations
  • further developing the technical, clinical, personal and professional skills that form the basis of pharmacy practice
  • further developing problem-solving skills and application of professional judgement in patient care
  • working within the ethical and legal framework of the profession
  • exploring personal career goals and expectations
  • dealing with professional and personal pressures associated with being a pharmacist
  • becoming a 'life-long learner'

Maximum credit allowed

12 credit points

Pharmacy Board of Australia provisional registration

Students enrolled in this course must be provisionally registered with the Pharmacy Board of Australia and have obtained and provided details of an internship position with an approved preceptor. For details visit


Students who choose the elective unit PGP5015 (Geriatric pharmacy practice) are required to undertake patient medication history interviews and medication reviews in the student's workplace. Home Medicines Reviews are to be conducted under the supervision of an accredited consultant pharmacist or hospital outreach pharmacist (assistance is available with organising this for students located in Victoria if the student does not have access to a suitably experienced pharmacist).

Professional recognition

Completion of an accredited intern training program is one of the requirements of the Pharmacy Board of Australia for registration as a pharmacist. The Pharmacy Board of Australia recognises the Internship Training Program (ITP) units PGP5011 (Applied pharmacy practice I) and PGP5012 (Applied pharmacy practice II) as an accredited intern training program leading to registration.

Successful completion of PGP5015 (Geriatric pharmacy practice) is recognised by the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy (AACP) for Stage 1 of the training program for accreditation of pharmacists to deliver Commonwealth-funded Medication Management Reviews.


This course consists of two core 6-point units and 12 points of elective units.

The core units commence in early January. These are completed in the first 12 months and it is recommended that the elective units are completed in the following 12 months.


Students must complete the following core units:

  • PGP5011 Applied pharmacy practice I
  • PGP5012 Applied pharmacy practice II

plus 12 points from the following electives:

* Enrolment into this elective is subject to approval. Students are also required to be working in an Australian hospital clinical setting.

Minimum grade for articulation

In order to progress to the Master of Pharmacy Practice, students must achieve a minimum pass grade as follows:

  • a mimimum of credit (60) average


Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice
Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice (Internship)

The actual award conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, the timing of study, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.